Leeds is ahead of the game in keeping active

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leeds is the most active area of the country outside London, new figures have shown.

Only one in five city residents are physically inactive, according to a survey by health body Ukactive.

That’s an improvement from the previous year, when 27 per cent of Loiners did not do any exercise.

And it puts Leeds at the top of the activity table in Yorkshire, as well as the third most active borough in the country.

The Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I welcome this report from ukactive as further evidence of the need to tackle physical inactivity.

“This is why the work of ukactive is so important. I am delighted that local authorities are leading the way by starting to prioritise physical activity services in their local areas and in accordance to the local needs of their residents.”

He said they were determined to “embed physical activity into the DNA of the nation” as part of the legacy from the 2012 Olympics.

In Leeds, 21 per cent of residents are inactive, meaning that they do less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

This is compared to 30 per cent of people across Yorkshire – which is slightly higher than the national average.

Spending on schemes to promote exercise in Leeds has totalled £175,000, according to the new report by Ukactive, including Leeds Let’s Get Active, a programme of free gym, swim, running and walking sessions aimed at supporting inactive people.

The report recommends more evaluation of activity programmes, as well as Health and Wellbeing Boards having a designated physical activity champion and ensuring the issue is taken on board during decision-making by local authorities.

Andy Burnham MP, shadow secretary of state for health, added: “To turn the tide of inactivity, we need concerted action from Government, local authorities, business and the voluntary sector – all working together to play their part.”

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